A demand that could hamper gender equality

Syllabus: GS-I

Subject: Society and Social Justice

Topic: Welfare schemes, mechanisms, laws and institutions related to Women

Issue: Menstrual Leaves

  • The Sabrimala temple issue highlighted gender discrimination in India.
  • Demanding paid leave for menstruation could hinder gender equality efforts.
  • It risks reinforcing menstrual stigma and widening the gender gap, as seen in Japan’s case.

Challenges:  Implementation challenges, including potential misuse and privacy violations, raise concerns.


  • Blanket policies may not be effective.
  • Tailored support and case-by-case accommodations promote inclusivity without perpetuating stereotypes.
  • Ultimately, recognizing diverse menstrual experiences is crucial for addressing individual needs while advancing gender equality.
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